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Arctiid Moth

Coreura sp.

Description:

this was nearly dead when I spotted it, with a broken wing, amazing metallic blue body and wings

Habitat:

cloudforest, 2400m

Notes:

I spotted this on a rock as I walked the trail out of Parque Ucumari. Not sure what happened to it.

1 Species ID Suggestions

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago
Arctiid Moth
Coreura sp. Arctiid Moth


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12 Comments

dandoucette
dandoucette 8 years ago

Thanks for the group effort on this one Nina, J and bayucca.

Nina C. Wilde
Nina C. Wilde 8 years ago

just started look through images in the genus... may not get to finish looking for a while yet though... I'm off from work and am thinking I'll treat myself to a nap any minute now!

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago

:-)... I left you a little on the hook with your Hypocrita ;-)...
Actually this one was a hard one, I knew it was not a Hypocrita because of the red snout. But looking for a genus was quite tricky. I am pretty confident with the genus, however, I did not find any with this very slim red margin. I would be happy if you can crosscheck this one as well, thanks!

Nina C. Wilde
Nina C. Wilde 8 years ago

Thanks for chiming in bayucca...

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago

Arctiidae, Arctiinae, Arctiini, Coreura sp.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Perhaps, I usually use BOLDsystems for tropical species, though even there I cannot find a similar match. I checked the Hypocrita species, and they look like they only have subtle differences, so I don't know about the sexual dimorphism.

Nina C. Wilde
Nina C. Wilde 8 years ago

BTW, I skimmed all of Matthew Barnes' sites arctiid plates too.

Nina C. Wilde
Nina C. Wilde 8 years ago

Exactly J, all the others have different hindwings than this one--although perhaps this is a species that has different male/female coloration? So tough to find resources to ID moths from Mexico, Central and South America.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Hi Nina! I was thinking the same thing, though the red line on the forewing does not extend into the inside of the forewing as in Hypocrita. I've yet to find one with a iridescent blue hindwing with a subtle red edging.

Nina C. Wilde
Nina C. Wilde 8 years ago

It's a moth. You can know the differently by looking at the antennae--no knobs on ends, it's a moth, knobs on the end, it's a butterfly or skipper. This likely in the group of Arctiidae... looked through hundreds of possible images, but no match as of yet. Perhaps genus Hypocrita, close to Hypocrita temperata in Bayuca's photos here http://www.flickr.com/photos/likestofish...
and this photo here http://www.flickr.com/photos/29096471@N0...

dandoucette
dandoucette 8 years ago

Cool, thanks J.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Definitely a moth, most likely Arctiinae.

dandoucette
Spotted by
dandoucette

Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia

Spotted on Dec 22, 2012
Submitted on Mar 31, 2013

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